Sunday, December 31, 2023

2023 WIP

 2023 Annual Review

Most significant achievements:

24 Karat Rondure -- a collaboration between myself and Nancy Cargo was juried into all 5 AQS Shows and will now be at Road 2 California in 2024.

Ribbons received:

2023 - "Eternal Hope" - a 365 Block Challenge, colored in my own way with an extra border receives Envy Award at Tri-Cities Quilt Show

2023 - Lincoln County Fair - Best of Show (mid size quilts) - "Midnight Garden"

023 - Lincoln County Fair - INMQ Machine Quilting Award of Excellence - "Spirit Butterfly"

Customer Quilt - Carol M. - Affairs of the Heart - Best of Show - Central Washington State Fair -
Hand embroidered by Carol. Quilted by me here at KISSed Quilts

Two secret commissions ...REVEALED (from late 2022)

New, Completed Projects
Positive Attitude - with Sew Stitchy fabrics from Benartex by Christa Watson

Row by Row 2023 - Summertime
Designed all 4 of these and they were issued from 4 different shops.
Lilies available from Quail Run Quilt Studio, Grand Coulee, WA
Sunflower available from KISSed Quilts, Grand Coulee, WA
Daisy from Highland Quilts, Athena, OR
Bleeding Hearts from Ed and Jean's Quilt Shop, Deer Park, WA

UPDATED PATTERN - City Shadows --  showcasing Northcott's - Shimmer Paradise

NEW Patterns

Lake Life - Benartex  - use link to find on my website



Landscape Gallery -- 2 styles, 3 sizes  -- this pattern features Northcott's Cedarcrest Falls collection



Spinning Frames - fussy cut squares with special frames
         -- highly recommend an AnglePlay Template A
this pattern features Northcott's Whiskers & Wine collection

New Projects Completed

Using up some leftover HSTs from an old project ....made into a potholder.


Special quilt for my Uncle Gordon  -- he loves classic cars. Found this fabric and added some fabrics that would fit for a classic guy to make this Disappearing 9 patch design. Backed with minky for a cozy feel.

Sample from Northcott's Sail Away collection. - the first quilt on my 2nd Gammill (Classic+) -- this also means I can now do quilts up to 120" x whatever.

After attending the Walla Walla Valley Quilt Festival and winning a door prize at the demo area, this mini table runner got made.

A special request for some white mitten like gloves.
Didn't take a pic of them all, but ultimately made 3 pair. Key lesson--cotton fabric doesn't make for a good glove ...need something stretchy and definitely need something stretchy at the wrist. Ultimately I had to cut off most of the lower part in order to get this to work.

Inspired by Art
--looking at photos from a living space, I was inspired by the artwork on the wall and the colors used in the furniture and decor in the room. Most of these are squares ....just one rectangle to keep the continuous wording on the fabric. A fun colorwash quilt, well received. Most of these fabrics are available in my shop.

Machine Embroidery work
Finished Aprons from Kimberbell My Punny Valentine Event - 


S'mores Totes (2)


Drive-in Mug Rug


Sweet Stash (2)


Stay Cozy (from Pumpkin Spice event)


Velvet Pumpkin


Summertime Logo Stitchout -- Bonus for our Row by Row Winner

Stitched out my own logo on a casual cross-body bag blank. -- did a few others as gifts for special clients.


New UFOs - 2023

Joint Project -- got mom to make this top at retreat as a sample of fabrics here in the shop and using a 3-yd quilt design with the panel elements in the big blocks. I'd be happy to put a kit together for you if you'd like this fun quick quilt for a young person.

Tulips a row from the Row by Row 2023 event

The Jr. pattern for this year's Row by Row event

Probably started collecting fabrics for this when I saw it in Alaska in 2007.  This year during a mini-retreat, I had worked so hard on the Out of the Darkness quilt that I needed a break --so grabbed this off the shelf and got a lot of it put together. Fun to finish up this top before the year end.

Secret project to be revealed in 2023 -- see blogpost for details and how to follow along!

UFOs FINISHED from 2022
Hugs and Kisses - Cool Breeze version from Free Spirit fabrics  (use link to find on website)

Simple Dutch Windmill --issued as a 3-part pattern in the Country Register --available for purchase on my website. There are several sizes available in the pattern. Sharing a few other examples too.

Starting with a 5" charm stack or intentionally coloring it to cre
ate a heart shape.
 Betty B. made this one and I quilted it.

Judy M. made this and I quilted it. 


From 2016
  • Labyrinth for Duncan
    Got it bound and put in the Odessa Spring Fling show ....then took off the binding and added an extra backing to make it into a duvet cover.

WIP - Really Old! - PROGRESS

Out of the Darkness - Pam Bono - Border piecing added
got to this point and questioned my decision to not put a green thin border between the wreath section and the border section. Will revisit this in January and finish the piecing.

OLD LIST, once upon a time was publicly listed as 'next items' but never got started and there are too many piles of fabric destined as possible projects to list here ;-)...ha!: AND THIS YEAR I STARTED TWO!!
  • Peace Park  and Back Yard

  • Snowflake/blizzard --except that I used some of the snowflakes as inspiration for the Cool Penguin design and in my "Protection from the Storm" several years ago
  • 2007 Shop Hop the Blues - bow ties?
  • 2009 Shop Hop the Blues - fall leaves?

2014 list
  • OWN -  next up is the last large block

  • Lucky Pot of Gold or Ode to Ireland (a Mi Amore shamrock version) applique still to add.
2016 UFOs:
  • Train set - with IB Sea Salt Sandy and some other background -- an IBA challenge that I want to incorporate into something bigger. #Accuquilt dies (rentable in the classroom) were used to cut these.
  • Little cars - with IB Fire Island -- an IBA challenge that I want to incorporate into something bigger. #Accuquilt die (rentable in the classroom) was used to cut these.
  • Umbrellas -- an IBA challenge that I want to incorporate into something bigger. #Accuquilt die (rentable in the classroom) was used to cut these.
  • Raindrops --an IBA challenge that I want to incorporate into something bigger
2017 WIP List
*2017 RxR - On the Go - PROGRESS

still needs some applique elements.

2018 WIP list
Aves -- I got the fabrics selected and the first block cut out in 2018 ...but that is it.

2019 WIP  - Commissions

Tie quilt - awaiting progress payment from client (ready to quilt)

1. U.S. Tour blocks - 



2. Five pointed Star templates from Off the Wall Quilt. Tried two more versions. Decided that the bottom triangle should only have 3 sides, not 5.

From 2022
 - Dancing Waters at Grand Coulee Dam


from 2021
  • One-Block-Wonder (OBW) using a Serendipity Panel into triangles
  • William Morris Spring Honey Bun 
  • Seaside Adventure Quilt-Along ... I added the seahorse and some embroidered blocks and got it all put together.  -- could be considered a joint project as the applique blocks were given to me.
from 2017
  • Lone Star piecing  (2009 class w/Eddie Walker) --thinking about quilting it by hand
from 2016
  • 2016 North Central Washington Shop Hop - Come Fall into Love
    from 2015
    • Four Patch Flip- a spring result, but has been sitting there waiting for me to work on it. - now ready to quilt! Finished Piecing - 4/12/18
    • Metro Rings
    from 2014
    • Electric City - a new 1892 Rondure version, stalled in 2015 --most got going in March 2017, still needed to do 3rd round.  3rd round completed May 2018. Borders added October 2018.
    • Baskets - WW Valley Quilt Guild 2006 BOM (pictured years ago! and my quilting designs for it continue to evolve)

    Joint Projects (ready to quilt)

    • Cool Penguin, partly pieced by Julie Tapley - Country Register Pattern Sample  (or add snowflakes?
    • Humpty Dumpty's Wall/Poppy Dance Party/Dogwood Branch  --designed by me; (Humpy Dumpty) pieced by Betty Baerg - INCORPORATED INTO GARDEN PARTY COLLABORATION QUILT

    Joint WIPs:
    • Camouflage Canopy (waiting for tester to return it)
    • Barb Kelton's pieced Emerald  --thinking I need to make two more to represent my mom and my sis
    • Row by Row 2018 Junior version - Piano Keys and made leftovers  -- gave to mom

      Completed: 13 + 2 joint projects and 
      about 23 embroidery projects (commissions shown in prior post)
      Started the year (2023) with WIP: 22 + 5 joint projects  
      New WIP in 2023: 5 + 1 joint
      Ended 2023 with WIP:  26  + 6 joint projects (14 + 1 jt project ready to quilt)

      Note: projects for others, I quilted 74.  All were hand guided, some were also bound. Lots of photos at Or check out the 'Quilting Examples' tab on this blog.

      TOTAL: 89 quiltings 

      Still undergoing renovations on our new larger space, I'm hopeful for a move in 2024.


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